Surrogacy is emerging as a popular option for people with fertility issues start or grow their families. It is often preferred by couples who want to have a genetic child, but are experiencing trouble conceiving. A variety of causes account for this, including failure of the embryo to implant, repeated miscarriage, etc. These people can resort to surrogacy to have their child where a surrogate helps an infertile couple. A surrogate mother is the one who is pregnant with the child but intends to relinquish it after birth
The surrogate is pregnant with her own biological child, but the child is conceived with the intention of relinquishing the child to be raised by others, like a biological father or partner.
In gestational surrogacy, the surrogate becomes pregnant via embryo transfer with a child of which she is not the biological mother. The woman relinquishes the child to the biological mother or father, or to a parent who is unrelated to the child.
Laws In India Regarding Surrogacy
Commercial surrogacy has grown into a multi-million industry in the country. Therefore, commercial surrogacy has been made illegal in India. However, surrogacy is allowed:
- For couples who suffer from proven infertility
- When it is altruistic
- When it is not for commercial purposes
- When not for producing children for sale, prostitution or other forms of exploitation
- For any condition or disease specified through regulations
We, at SOI, are proud to say that all the services pertaining to infertility are available under one roof. We offer extensive counselling, on surrogacy, covering all possible aspects, starting from the emotional and psychological implications to indicated tests that surrogates should receive and insemination methods suggested for conception. Doctors are also available to give extended care to the family.
Q. Is surrogacy Legal in India?
Commercial surrogacy is banned in India to regulate surrogacy and prevent it from becoming a business. A bill aimed at protecting women and ensuring children’s rights has been passed in 2015, where surrogacy is deemed illegal.
Q. Does surrogacy affect the child?
Surrogacy may affect the child to a certain level, but it does not have any adverse effect on the child.
Q. Will the baby look like the surrogate mother?
If you have opted for traditional surrogacy, then the baby will look like her. However, if gestation surrogacy is used, then the baby will look like those two people who have donated sperm and egg.
Q. Can I breastfeed if I didn’t give birth?
Yes, you can breastfeed if your child is born with the help of surrogacy. However, some women may require to undergo the process of induced lactation or production of breast milk.